Port Canaveral logo (July 22, 2014)
A tugboat involved in dredging at Port Canaveral collided with a pier on Sunday and caused $500,000 in damage, including a broken mooring post.
Debris from the collision came off the mooring post, or bollard. The port’s North Cargo Pier No. 3 was also damaged. Divers secured debris at the bottom of the harbor on Sunday to allow cruise ships to enter.
Port Engineer Christine Hartnett said in an email the only ongoing impact on port operations would be for large fuel vessels that may need a mooring. Instead of using the damaged mooring, a tug would be used to hold the vessel in place while cruise ships pass by or during high winds, she said.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating, and the Port said cleanup continues today. There were no injuries reported. Heavy-duty barge cranes were being used on Monday to clean up more debris.
Port Canaveral is undergoing widening and deepening to accommodate larger cruise and cargo ships. Hartnett said the dredge contractor is Dutra Dredge and the tugboat subcontractor is American Marine, both of California.
On June 22, a U.S. subsidiary of Middle Eastern cargo company Gulftainer signed a 35-year, $100 million agreement to boost cargo operations with a new terminal the port. Gulftainer’s subsidiary, GT USA, has agreed to invest $100 million in infrastructure, equipment and personnel.